Atlanta is confident it can remain competitive in the National League East and made a deal that could prove to be beneficial long-term on Saturday night. According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Braves acquired right-handed pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Touki Toussaint in exchange for infielder Phil Gosselin.
Matt Wisler was promoted and made his major league debut on Friday night against the Mets, joining a Braves rotation which features Alex Wood, Shelby Miller, and Williams Perez, and Julio Teheran. Both Trevor Cahill and Eric Stults struggled and righty Mike Foltynewicz was recently optioned to Triple-A. The addition of Arroyo might help the Braves make a playoff push in August.
Arroyo, 38, is recovering from Tommy John surgery but could return and pitch towards the end of the season. He posted a 4.08 ERA and 4.32 FIP in 86.0 innings with Arizona last season before being shut down but has established himself as a consistent middle to back end of the rotation option. Arroyo is due $9.5 this year and his current deal includes a $4.5 buyout which Rosenthal notes will now be worth $13 million.
While Arroyo could join the Braves' rotation before the end of the year, Toussaint gives the club another notable pitching prospect. He was the Diamondbacks' first overall pick in 2014 and posted a 3.69 ERA over seven starts with Class-A. While Arizona was confident in his ability to become a consistent major league starter, Toussaint has not thrown a curveball all season, according to Rosenthal, and the Diamondbacks were hoping he would develop better command of his fastball and changeup.
Gosselin, 26, is batting .325/.357/.425 through 20 games with the Braves to this point in 2015. He posted a .266/.304/.320 line last season and has been used primarily as a utility infielder. The success of Jace Peterson and infield prospect Jose Peraza likely made dealing Gosselin realistic for Atlanta.